By Michelle Colesanti

Although Howard Whitener II is known as Dr. Handyman and can do a lot of helpful things around the house, his main focus these days is on residential and commercial pressure washing due to the overwhelming demand for this type of service locally.

Whitener started his business two years ago mainly doing home repairs, but he soon saw the need for pressure washing was great in this area, and it is something he enjoys and takes pride in doing.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., Whitener moved to the Valrico area, along with wife Barbara, in February 2013 after falling in love with the community while visiting Florida.

Working both outdoors and indoors, after 18 years of service, Whitener took an early retirement from one of the largest water treatment plants in America, The Metropolitan St Louis Dewer District Bissell Point Treatment Plant so that he and Barbara could start a new life in Valrico. He also previously owned his own tire, brake and auto body repair shop and drove double trailers for UPS. His wife Barbara served in the U.S. Air Force for almost 12 years and also worked for a non-profit ministry just before moving here.

The Whiteners are also active in their local church, working in the children’s ministry with the toddlers. Whitener said, “I will pressure wash your driveways and sidewalks as well as pool decks, siding and fencing. Just let me know that you are a senior citizen or are active or retired military and any veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces and I will offer you a discount.” Whitener will also work with individuals who have received a notice from their HOA who are in need of pressure washing.

Check out Dr. Handyman’s current ad in the Valrico Business Directory. Prices start at $40 and up depending on the size of the job. Whitener is licensed and insured and a member of the Association of Certified Handyman Professionals. To schedule an appointment, call or text Whitener at 707-4466.

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Michelle Colesanti
Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.